State Schools of Character

State Schools of Character
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AHISD is proud to announce that Howard Early Childhood Center and Cambridge Elementary have been named State Schools of Character by!, a national advocate and leader for character in communities including schools, districts, families, workplaces and sports, today designated 87 schools and 3 districts in 18 states as State Schools of Character for 2019. Since’s School of Character program inception, the process has affected nearly 3 million students, staff, parents and other community members. Each year, certifies schools and districts at the state level that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development, which has a positive effect on academic achievement, student behavior and school climate. Schools and districts announced today will be considered for’s highest distinction - National School of Character. There are also 16 schools that are former State Schools of Character applying for the national certification and 23 schools and districts recertifying as National Schools of Character.

"We are pleased to announce the 2019 State Schools and Districts of Character today," said Doug Karr ,’s President & CEO. "These schools’ representatives, including educators, parents and students, are working together to create stronger communities focused on character. We are honored to validate their efforts and continue coaching them along their journeys."

To learn more about the schools chosen today and those in the midst of their 5-year certification as State Schools of Character, please visit’s website. Criteria for selection are based on’s 11 Principles of Character, which include providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in the character-building effort.

“Implementing the 11 Principles of Effective Character has provided a clear, intentional and structured roadmap for promoting the highest ethical standards at Harmony Public Schools. Character is one of the most important attributes we can teach our students, because good character will serve them throughout their lives--in their homes, in their schools, in their families and in their communities,” said Umit Alpaslan, Harmony Public Schools Deputy Superintendent.

The 2019 National Schools of Character will be announced in May 2019. will honor these schools and districts at the 2019 National Forum to be held Oct 24-27, 2019 in Washington, DC.

About Founded in 1993, is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. It works with communities including organizations, schools, families, workplaces, and sports to inspire, educate and empower people to be ethical and compassionate citizens. is a membership organization dedicated to growth and success through the advancement of quality character development in schools and communities through our inspiring, empowering and certifying programs and resources. Visit to learn more.

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